Steven Gerrard last night, with a hint of mockery, finally put to bed any notion the lying press have had about him joining Newcastle by strongly wording to BT’s Emma Dodds that he is happy and settled at Ibrox and he’s not going anywhere.
The Rangers manager, buoyant following a fine European night for the Champions, was quizzed post-match about how he felt about the result, but the question of his future was raised over Newcastle links.
He was unequivocal, and his response has been widely misinterpreted as an attack on Emma herself, which it wasn’t.
She asked what he would say to those linking him with a move away, and his answer was to them, not her:
Gerrard used Dodds (and he knew she’d raise it) to send a message out there that he’s not interested in a move, and he’s happy at Ibrox.
He even answered with a smile on his face, confirming it definitely not wasn’t a go at the messenger, and she even endorsed what he was saying after his first comment, with a ‘very’.
So, for those who are trying to find ways to unsettle the manager, you’ll have to do a lot better.